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Patty Griffin

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Patty Griffin, born March 16, 1964, is an American singer-songwriter from Old Town, Maine, next to the Penobscot Indian reservation. Two of her first four albums were unreleased by A&M Records.

A&M Records signed Patty on the strength of her demo tape. Nile Rodgers produced her first studio album, which Patty felt was overproduced. That album was unreleased, and A&M instead released a stripped-down reworking of her demo tape, called Living with Ghosts.

1998's Flaming Red was a departure from the acoustic sound of Living with Ghosts, with a mix of quieter and flat-out rock and roll songs. The song "Tony" from this album is also featured on the charity benefit album Live in the X Lounge. The follow up Silver Bell had a similar sound, and was unreleased by A&M. Patty has rerecorded songs from that album for later releases (such as "Making Pies" from 1000 Kisses, and "Mother of God," "Standing," and "Top of the World" from Impossible Dream), and others have been covered by the Dixie Chicks. Copies of Silver Bell have leaked out, and can be acquired via the "B&P" (Blanks and Postage) method on message boards.

A&M dropped Patty's contract after Silver Bell, and she was picked up by Dave Matthews' ATO Records. Four albums have followed so far on ATO, including 2002's Grammy-nominated 1000 Kisses.

In 2004, Griffin toured with Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings as the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue. On February 6, 2007, she released Children Running Through. The album debuted at #34 on the Billboard 200 with 27,000 copies sold.

Griffin has appeared in several movies including Cremaster 2 and in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown the soundtrack of which also included her song "Long Ride Home".

In 2007, the Atlantic Theater Company will produce "10 Million Miles," a musical based on the music of Patty Griffin, with book by Keith Bunin, directed by Michael Mayer.


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